Washington University in St. Louis, as one of the nation’s leading academic research institutions, can be greatly influenced by changes in federal law and regulations.

The university regularly communicates with its Congressional representatives and members of the executive branch about its federal public policy agenda.

If you are interested in knowing more about federal public policy issues affecting Washington University, please contact Jason Van Wey, senior director of federal relations.

Helpful Federal Relations Resources

Washington University actively participates in many national associations. The following sites contain helpful information about current education and research issues.

Key Washington, D.C. Associations

Association of American Universities (AAU)
An association of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada

American Council on Education (ACE)
The nation’s largest higher education association

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
With more than 1,000 members nationwide, this association reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
An association representing accredited medical schools, teaching hospitals and health systems, Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and associated academic and scientific societies

United for Medical Research (UMR)
A coalition of leading research institutions, patient and health advocates, and private industry that have joined together to seek steady increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health

General Federal Legislative Information

The official website for U.S. Federal legislative information, presented by the Library of Congress

Contacting Federal Government Officials

These pages display the contact information for federal government officials.  Please remember that official university contacts should be made according to the Washington University Political Guidelines.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

U.S. President and Executive Branch

Additional United States Government points of contact

Federal Budget and Appropriations Resources

The federal fiscal year begins on the first of October each year.  Funding levels for federal activities are established each year through the budget and appropriations process.  Learn about the current status of appropriations legislation on Congress.gov.

Detailed information about the federal budget can be found through the Office of Management and Budget and through individual federal agencies and departments, including:

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

National Institutes of Health Office of Budget

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Department of Energy (DOE)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Department of Education